Biography

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Science

Prior to joining the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, Dr. Derrick Morton completed his postdoctoral training at Emory University’s Department of Biology. He was funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) program grant, which provided formal training in science teaching coupled with research. In addition, he received an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award and a Burroughs Wellcome Career Development Award. Dr. Morton’s research focuses on incorporating genetic approaches to understand key developmental pathways, and how alterations in gene expression contribute to neurological disease. His teaching philosophy is centered in student-focused engagement and making science accessible to everyone. Dr. Morton holds a Visiting Associate position at the California Institute of Technology in the Department of Biology and Bioengineering. He works to build and support collaboration between KPSOM and Caltech, and to contribute to pipeline programs to train underrepresented and underserved students in STEM disciplines.

A headshot of Derrick J. Morton, PhD, MD, MST